Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Interior Department Selects New Members for BOEM Scientific Committee
WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced the appointment of 15 experts representing diverse scientific fields as members of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee – a group that advises BOEM on the agency's offshore environmental studies, which inform policy decisions regarding development of Outer Continental Shelf energy and mineral resources.
“The membership of this important committee is made up of distinguished scientists representing several disciplines to advise the Department on the scientific integrity of BOEM's research,” said Secretary Salazar. “This is another important step as we continue to move forward with offshore energy development in a responsible manner guided by the best science, and I appreciate the members' willingness to contribute their time and their expertise to this important effort.”
“It is critical that we have robust, reliable and forward-looking information as we make decisions regarding future energy development,” said Director Beaudreau. “This committee supplies critical input on our research priorities and provides an external peer review to ensure our science remains world-class and that we are appropriately addressing the information needs of the bureau and the department.”
OCS Scientific Committee members are selected based on their expertise and reputation in the scientific community and ability to represent important elements of BOEM's research and science information needs. Members serve a three-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. After a two-year break in service, a member is again eligible for appointment.
The committee's next meeting is expected in spring 2012, at which time they will select the chair. The committee meets at least annually, and meetings are open to the public.